Buying a suit really isn't as tough as it may seem, but you are going to need to arm yourself with a healthy amount of information. Before we begin, ask yourself a couple of questions.
Is this your first suit?
For what primary purpose do you want a new suit?
What are the successful people in the office wearing?
What are your trendy friends wearing when you all go out for a night on the town?
From here, we can build a successful suit hunting campaign.
Your New Suit
Take note of the styles and colors that your successful, I repeat, successful co-goers in the office are wearing.
You may have a friend that can surprisingly pull off a baby blue polyester suit, looking comfortable as ever. Comfort and panache, however, aren't everything.
Just because you're sporting a bold, baby blue suit to work does not mean you'll receive a raise quicker than your coworkers. You should, instead, aim for something that projects attention to detail and professionalism if you're looking for a work suit.
A Canali, Brooks Brothers, or Cantarelli might provide the canvassed, partially hand-stitched, partially machine woven elegance for which you're shopping.
Buying A Suit Like Your Co-workers
The culture of your company can and will dictate what you should wear,
but remember it is almost always better to overdress than to under dress when ambiguity in dress code exists.
If you see a couple of your coworkers who do high-quality work in the office and consistently dress well, ask them where they purchased their suits.
This is a simple question and your coworkers will more than happily offer you a recommendation. In fact, they may easily be flattered by your approach. Ask and ye shall receive.
When you have the answers to the aforementioned questions, you can enter the department store, boutique, or whatever location you're going to utilize to find your suit.
Realize that you will probably interact with a salesperson, whose job has one primary purpose - selling you the suit by telling you everything you're going to want to hear. Counteract this barrier with two lines of defense.
One - bring a friend who will tell you how you honestly look in whatever jacket, shirt, or tie you're trying on.
Two, know the tough questions to ask the salesperson. Buying a suit doesn't take years of research, but you should have some understanding of what a good suit should look and feel like.
Now that you are armed with this information check out how to buy a suit for specific instructions on what to do.